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H.O.P.E. Program

Update 12/16/21
COVID-19 relief funds have been made available for emergency financial assistance for eligible students in an expanded list of categories including utilities, housing/rent, food, medical/dental, licensed childcare, transportation, and personal automobile expenses, tuition, books, Internet, hotspots, and/or other technology resources.

H.O.P.E. Program

The Helping Overcome Personal Emergencies Program at Highland Community College aids students dealing with unexpected financial emergencies. H.O.P.E. was created to help students stay in college and meet their educational goals. H.O.P.E. is funded through generous donor gifts and, during the Pandemic, with some federal and state relief funds.

Eligibility

Some eligibility requirements have been suspended for the current semester to help students overcome challenges presented by COVID-19. GPA and course load requirements will be waived for eligible students with COVID-19 related needs.

To be considered for the program,

  • Full or part-time HCC student (minimum 6 credit hours in the fall/spring semester or 3 credit hours in the summer semester)
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Document extreme or personal emergency

Eligible expenses include: utilities, housing/rent, food, medical/dental, licensed childcare, transportation and personal automobile expenses, Internet, hotspots, and/or other technology resources. For COVID-19 related needs, assistance with tuition, books, and college-related expenses will also be eligible.

College Credit Students: Application Process

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Attach or submit in person supporting documents within 48 hours of application submission
  3. Check HCC email for grant updates

Adult Education/GED Students: Application Process

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Attach or submit in person supporting documents within 48 hours of application submission
  3. Check HCC email for grant updates

For more information on H.O.P.E. or the application process, email HOPE@highland.edu.

If you are a donor who is interested in giving to the hope program, please contact the Highland Community College Foundation office at 815-599-3408.

Highland Campus

2998 W. Pearl City Rd. Freeport, IL 61032

815.235.6121

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